St. Augustine Church by-the-Sea

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After resolving emergency issues with its air conditioning and roof leaks, the 1962 St. Augustine Church By The Sea retained MASON to conduct an existing condition analysis and prepare a master plan to identify other needed repairs; recommend modifications to meet accessibility requirements; and tackle design issues like the need for courtyard new Parish Hall and a means to interpret and care for Saint Damien artifacts in their possession.  The Master Plan was approved by the Diocese and Waikiki Special District and SMA permits were obtained for the work.

Significant improvements were made to the Sanctuary, and minor repairs were made to the Rectory and Multi-Purpose Building. The next phase of the Master Plan is currently under construction – a new Education Center/Museum interpreting and honoring the lives of Saints Damien and Marianne, as well as the story of Kalaupapa. 

Site Plan of St Augustine Church and the Damien and Marianne of Moloka'i Education Center

Project Details

  • During Phase 1 the roof and drainage system of the Sanctuary were repaired, floor tile removed and the terrazzo floors restored, lighting and projection was improved and both the bridal area and ambo were redesigned.
  • Phase 2 included the design of the Saints Damien and Marianne Museum and obtaining all the discretionary permits required for this work.  Construction is underway.
  • Phase 3 includes the design and construction of a new Parish Hall and Parking Structure on the mauka portion of the property.  This has been completed through concept design. 
Left: Restored Terrazzo floors and interior; Right: Garden


Historic Hawaii Foundation

Preservation Media Award 2012


  • Existing Condition Analysis
  • Master Planning
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

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